An Indirect Portrait
Cement, steel, monofilament
The Egyptian Pharaohs brought treasured objects along with them to the
afterworld. Now, our common sense belief is that "you cant
take it with you." Consumer culture tells us that we are what we
own. But I have my own conflicts about keeping versus getting rid of stuff.
This led me to the idea of an indirect portrait using a cluster of everyday
objects pieces of furniture, clothing, appliances, and presents
received. This tangible evidence of a life gives us clues to a persons
taste, vocation, social standing, habits, and interests. Constructing
a suspended cloud of objects in cement is an apt parallel to the indirect
act of describing identity through objects and the difficulty of fully
memorializing someone. There is a conflict between the heavy objects
personal possessions and the lightness of the imagined spiritual
and water are present or implied in the piece. I chose cement because
it contains the elements of earth and water. Because it can look like
earth or stone, it visually relates to the memorial sculptures and headstones
throughout Forest Hills. Suspending the objects in a low-lying cloud separates
them from their surrounding environment by elevating and animating them,
physically and metaphorically.
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